ONS: 08 October 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 9, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Rwanda’s Supreme Court dismissed a legal challenge to constitutional changes designed to allow President Paul Kagame to run for a third term.
  • AMERICAS: The UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein called on Mexico to set a timetable for the withdrawal of military forces from controversial police work.
  • ASIA: Indonesia has agreed to accept international help to combat forest and agricultural fires after weeks of failed attempts to douse the blazes.
  • EUROPE: NATO is ready to send troops to the Turkey to defend its ally against threats on its southern flank, NATO head Jens Stoltenberg said.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Syria, Russian air strikes have weakened the Islamic State organization and other armed groups and strengthened the military, said the Syrian armed forces chief of staff.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A proposal by Thailand’s junta for a single Internet gateway to allow authorities to monitor content would destroy competition and was reminiscent of the most authoritarian measures to stifle free speech, a former information minister said.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Russia’s escalating military presence complicates civil war, ISIS situations.
    • Russia launched a naval bombardment of ISIS targets in Syria, ramping up a newly muscular presence in the Middle East.
    • Although in its early stages, the coordinated attack has revealed the outline of a newly deepened and operationally coordinated alliance among Syria, Iran, Russia and the Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah.
    • Russia’s military moves in Syria are fundamentally changing the face of the country’s civil war and may complicate the Obama administration’s plans to expand its air operations against the Islamic State.
    • According to anonymous Iraqi government officials, the head of Iran’s elite special forces unit Quds Force, Gen. Qassem Soleimani, traveled to Russia in August to forcefully argue the case for military intervention in the region.
    • “We’re really on our back foot and have been since the Russians started their buildup in Syria,..We’ve lost the initiative.” said Jeff White, a former Defense Intelligence Agency official now at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
    • Coverage: CNN, NYT, USA Today, USA Today-2, WP

AFRICA

  • Egypt: An explosion in Cairo wounded two people. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: The head of the UN Support Mission to Libya (UNSMIL) Bernardino Leon has said that UNSMIL will propose a list of candidates for a unity government. (Xinhua)
  • Rwanda: The Supreme Court dismissed a legal challenge to constitutional changes designed to allow President Paul Kagame to run for a third term. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: President Dilma Rousseff suffered a major new setback when a court ruled that her government’s accounting practices were illegal. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Authorities arrested Jesus Areli Navarrete Castelan, a drug capo wanted by the US on cocaine trafficking allegations. (AFP)
  • Mexico: The UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein called on the country to set a timetable for the withdrawal of military forces from controversial police work. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Indonesia: The nation has agreed to accept international help to combat forest and agricultural fires after weeks of failed attempts to douse the blazes. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: The issue of North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs will be “robustly discussed” during next week’s summit between President Park Geun-hye and her US counterpart, Barack Obama. (Yonhap)
  • Nepal: The country initiated the process of procuring fuel from international suppliers by air to deal with severe fuel shortage. (Kyodo)
  • Philippines: Gunmen have seized an Italian restaurant owner and former priest in the country’s south, as authorities feared he was taken by the extremist Abu Sayyaf group. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Britain is urging the EU to speed the deportation of people who do not qualify for asylum as the EU struggles with its biggest refugee emergency in decades. (AP)
  • Region: Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann cast doubt on the so-called migrant hotspots European leaders plan to create by the end of next month in Greece and Italy to help manage large numbers of refugees. (Reuters)
  • Region: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Russia that Ankara has alternatives to Moscow for nuclear power and importing gas, as tensions rise over the Russian bombing campaign in Syria. (AFP)
  • Turkey: NATO is ready to send troops to the country to defend its ally against threats on its southern flank, NATO head Jens Stoltenberg said. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: The US may resume talks on its defense grants to the country when PM Benjamin Netanyahu visits Washington next month. (Reuters)
  • Israel: Arab Israeli lawmakers have vowed to defy PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to bar parliament members from entering a sensitive Jerusalem holy site. (AFP)
  • Syria: Russian air strikes have weakened the Islamic State organization and other armed groups and strengthened the military, said the Syrian armed forces chief of staff. (AFP)
  • Yemen: At least ten Yemeni civilians were killed when a rocket hit a house in a village in the southwestern province of Dhamar. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: A proposal by Thailand’s junta for a single Internet gateway to allow authorities to monitor content would destroy competition and was reminiscent of the most authoritarian measures to stifle free speech, a former information minister said. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 23W (Choi-Wan)
    • Location: 460 NM ESE of Misawa, Japan
    • Wind: 69 mph
    • Movement: N at 43 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Storm 07C (Oho)
    • Location: 768 NM NE of Hilo, Hawaii
    • Wind: 86 mph
    • Movement:  NE at 43 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Post-Tropical Cyclone Joaquin
    • Location: 595 miles WNW of the Azores
    • Wind: 65 mph
    • Movement: E at 35 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 28,457 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths: 11,312 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 08OCT: 566,614 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
      • Confirmed Cases: 22,920
      • Deaths as of 08OCT: 62 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Cholera – Tanzania
      • Cases as of 08OCT: 971
      • Deaths as of 08OCT: 13
      • Sourcing: WHO
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 08OCT: 1589 (Saudi Arabia (KSA), Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the United Kingdom (UK), France, Tunisia, Italy, Oman, Kuwait, Yemen, Malaysia, Greece, Egypt, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Iran, Algeria, Austria, Turkey, The Philippines, Germany, China, South Korea, and the US)
      • Deaths as of 08OCT: 567 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (09OCT)

  • Global: Annual meeting of IMF and World Bank in Lima, Peru
  • Pakistan: Anniversary of Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, a teenage children’s rights activist, is shot in the head on her school bus by the Pakistani Taliban. She is later taken to Britain for treatment – 2012
  • Uganda: Independence Day – 1962

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